Over the last couple of years, I noticed many squash blossom recipes, but I could never find any. This year when I spotted them at the Penn Quarter Farmer’s Market, and finally bought some!
Squash blossoms grow at the end of the bud that turns into a squash. They tend to be unavailable in stores since they are very perishable, so a farmer’s market is the best place to find them. They can be eaten raw, or incorporated into recipes.
About the time I bought the squash blossoms, we had a significant amount of bacon in our fridge. Days before, my friends and I went blueberry picking, and stopped over at the Lancaster County Dutch Market in Germantown, MD. There are a number of different vendors that sell desserts, salads, meats and veggies. Everything that I bought was delicious, including that bacon!
So rather than just frying the squash blossoms, I decided on a breakfast frittata. It’d be a perfect place for the bacon and squash blossoms to join together. I ended up making it the day before, and it was enjoyed on a beautiful Saturday morning with some coffee!
Squash Blossom & Bacon Frittata
Inspired by: Sweet Sugar Bean
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
1 tbsp chopped chives
9 pieces of bacon
3/4 cup chopped leeks
1 small onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
8 squash blossoms
10 grape tomatoes, halved
2 oz goat cheese, crumbled
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
In a medium-sized bowl, lightly beat together the eggs, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and chives.
In a cast iron, cook the bacon over medium heat. When all of the pieces are done to your liking, remove and put them aside on a paper towel, leaving the bacon fat in the cast iron. Once the bacon has cooled off, chop up into smaller pieces.
Next, add the onion and leeks into the cast iron (that has the bacon fat). Cook for about 3-5 minutes, or until the onion is translucent. Add in the garlic and cook for another 3 minutes. Remove from pan, and set aside.
In the hot cast iron, set the squash blossoms, and cook them on each side for approximately 30 seconds. Then remove them from the pan.
Next sprinkle the onions, leeks and bacon into the cast iron. Over those ingredients, pour the egg mixture. Arrange the squash blossoms and tomatoes on top. Quickly, scatter the goat cheese around the cast iron.
Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until the egg begins to set on the edges. Then transfer the cast iron into the preheated oven, bake for 10 minutes.